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>> hours before former bart police officer johannes mehserle will be released. if they marched to show a protest against mehserle's release and in support of the man he killed, oscar grant. faugh as grant was unarmed plan was shot and killed on new year's day in 2009. mehserle's was convicted of manslaughter. they marched of international avenue, at a national boulevard rather comic into the heart of oakland and that is where they gathered for their final rally at fourteenth in the broadway. >> the demonstration of wrapped
up around 8:00 p.m.. at the corner of broadway and fourteenth near oakland city hall, unlike other demonstrations this was a peaceful protest. a couple of volunteers working to secure the area sell me they didn't encounter some anarchists and told them to leave. over all this was a well organized events. >> signs like this one say it all. the protesters believe the digestion of system is biased, especially towards people of color. >> the sentence was >> a couple of hundred people rallied where johannes mehserle shot and killed oscar grant. grant's motherr and angry. she
says mehserle got off easy for taking a human life. >> such an injustice. it haunts me to think about how we have not come far from the times of the complex plan. we still are fighting that seen battle. it is a shame. >> johnson says the expected release of mehserle's opening newtons for her family. for >> i can degrade every day over the loss of my son. no other apparent have to go groups and lost in such a way that i have. >> it " has been tough on a seven year-old daughter of dr. grant, tatiana. she says she misses her father. >> if we look up into the sky in to pray for him. >> then after the rally, protesters marched down international boulevard in oakland. some of them took down their frustration on this thing
of it resembling a police car. people do not want this rally to result in violence. they say it is about demanding justice. >> people will still come out in protest against police brutality and a matter what was decided in the case. >> right now the presence of police is not as visible as compared to three hours ago, from time to time police officers would drive past the area to make sure that things are ok. >> upon him today's protest took place amid increased police presence. the department was worried about the violence that surrounded previous protests. it is >> the oakland police department has been very visible out here for the protest and escorted to the protesters down here to oakland city hall. they are also watching things. there are about nine dozen motorcycle cops are watching the protest to make
sure things do not get out of hand. there is not a lot of automobile traffic, officers have blocked off several intersections been in and around city hall. >> lives team coverage continues, nj are stone is alive, you walked and talked with protesters today, what did they say? >> they want their voices to be heard. this evening at fourteenth and broadway, nothing out of the ordinary. today at once when they were passing out these liars for oscar grant. oscar brent is what this rally was >> all >> 1, 2, 3, 4, what the hell are we fighting for? >> with that, of oakland rally was under way. estimates put the attendance at about 200. many are upset about monday's scheduled release of johannes mehserle. >> just as is not certain, racism is still alive and it is
not going anywhere those who rallied were strong-willed and peaceful. >> we want to show the city in the world that we will not continue to stand for this >> injustice> the number of people who showed up was lower than it has been an past rallies. >> there were more people at some of the past rally is that is okay. we really are not too concerned about trying to keep up with numbers as of is we have people out here who are willing to let their voices to be heard. >> i am glad there are people who still want justice and want to see peace. we have not gotten piece yet. >>, i did ask some of the people at this rally and the major was planned for tomorrow on mehserle is released. they told me there is not. j. r. stone, kron 4 news. >> there were two noble moment, one person was arrested for spray painting graffiti promoting violence towards
police officers. protestors are chanting let him go. that led to some tense moments. the crowd surrounded a cop car. the person was arrested and escorted away in a police cruiser. gear, you can see protestors is leading a pinata made to look like a police car. no justice is written across the makeshift cart the windshield. oakland businesses are boarded up store fronts near where protesters who were said to demonstrate. contractors were called out to cover store windows, the company did not want to take any chances. in nearby pizza restaurant also boarded up windows. homeworkers responded to today's protest. >> i have been out here three times, it was pretty trashed the first time, the second time was not so bad. i think they're
thinking cost, it is best to just the board up and close. >> to do your thing, i know there is an injustice is going on, i understand it, i have been following the court trial and everything else but i have said to the people, stand up to produce things right, this is not a right, is more like a protest. >> many businesses along broadway near city hall closed early. they told us it will also be closed tomorrow as protestors marched through oakland. many shop pro owners have close to sevenththeir score france. meane
fronts. >> people attending previous rallies have vandalized shops during previous marches. she says she is said they open for is simple reason. >> i am always open. in a minute i will walk over to the rally to see what they have to say and then i will come back. i hope that things stayed peaceful. i believe then and i feel for what they are fighting for. justice. that could have been my son or my nephew. i understand the pain. >> the art gallery owner says her business has not been damaged in any previous protest rallies and planned she says she hopes to and stays that way. tsks similar protests are being planned for tomorrow. we will show you the preparations in place for mehserle's release
>> protesters up to the streets in oakland, a similar scene will take place in las angeles tomorrow where johannes mehserle has in serving his sentence. >> it is here at the l.a. county men's central jail that johannes mehserle has spent the bulk of his time since been convicted in the shooting death of oscar grande. so far he has served 365 days, that is half of his two- year sentence. that means he is scheduled for release on monday. we do not know exactly what time he will be released but we do know there will be no court hearing. nevertheless, friends and family of oscar grant will gather in from the l.a. county courthouse to protest the release of mehserle and then they will march to the department of justice demanded
>> there was a small voice in the midst of a large crowd, the daughter of dr. graf was asked the protest. -- the seven year-old daughter of oscar grant was at the process. >> this is seven year-old tatiana grant. parker >> i feel sad because, i miss him a lot. why do not like that the police shot him. >> she was with her mother and other family members and was not shy. >> you were yelling and chanting earlier. what are you saying? >> leave my dad alone. kirk
>> tatiana shared one of her favorite memories of her father. >> when i gave him a lollipop, i was sitting on his lap, i put my lollipop in his mouth and he was laughing. that is the only figure i like. >> what you think about all of these people here? >> i am happy because everyone is coming here to join because i miss my dad a lot. >> kron 4 spoke ring the attorney for the grant family, he says the family is dealing with mehserle's release as best they can but will continue to fight for justice. >> there is a sense of the system itself failed them in a large measure with a relatively short sentence. there is an acknowledgement that this process has come to an end and
the only recourse now produce hoping that the justice department which is conducting an investigation, will take further action. we do have a civil suit going forward. current >> 40 mi. away from where oscar grant was killed is and the home town of zepa and johannes mehserle in napa. we went there to see what residents had to say. bonds >> i think that he should be out of jail. i do not think he should have gone to jail in the first place here because the person who he was trying to subdue was resisting. everybody knows, if the police are telling you to do something, you do it and argue later. >> i think that law enforcement has a difficult job no matter what the circumstances. not with everyone being so afraid of everything, especially the government and police, i think it makes it more difficult to the law enforcement officer.
perhaps should be free. >> he has served his time, it is time to let him go and move on. things happen, that was not a good situation, but he did the best he could do at that point in time. >> the punishment did not fit the crime. he served a year. i do not think he had time enough to reflect on life that he took. >> he was getting special training because he is law enforcement. that is the standard that is applied to that particular, and for all prisoners, what are you going to do? >> he did his time. that is what he was convicted of. that is our justice system. >> the few people we spoke to did not want to go on camera because they cannot adequately express their opinion, they felt torn over the topic. stay with kron 4 continuing coverage, we will be back at 4:00 a.m. with the latest information. as a www.kron4.com for the latest.
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